Climate Change Adaptation

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An overwhelming amount of evidence shows that the earth’s climate is warming. This means that communities everywhere need to grabble with changing conditions, and they need guidance about how to adjust so that we can preserve human life, ecosystems, and economic values. To provide this guidance, research on so-called “climate change adaption” is crucial and timely. While the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is necessary to slow and stop climatic warming, our program focuses on identifying the need for and the methods of adapting to a warming world.

The Adaptation Program enables adaptation decision-making by managers, governments, and private parties through its work on climate change risk assessment, development and testing of adaptation strategies, and information delivery.

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For example, several ECI researchers are using the greater Chicago area as a test bed for adaptation in the built and natural environments of cities. ECI scientists also manage an online community, called the Collaboratory for Adaptation to Climate Change that enables, researchers, students, and managers to analyze and discuss adaptation planning and strategies. And ECI staff, via ND-GAIN produce an annual index of country-level exposure to climate change and the capacity for adaptation, including the sectors of global health, agriculture, ecosystems, water, and infrastructure. Numerous partners collaborate with ECI researchers on these and other projects, including government and university scientists, non-governmental organizations, and private corporations.

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Graduate students are welcome to join the research program through the laboratories of ECI-affiliated faculty.

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